Friday, June 27, 2008

All At Once...

Okay, I'm going to update a bunch ALL AT ONCE....simply because I'm a pain in the rear-end. Actually, my fire crew is supposed to hit the board Monday, meaning we may go out Tuesday, and if that happens I'll never get around to it all. What I will promise is to make a slide show of both the wedding and fire season, but for now its just previews...

First: We have been doing controlled burns. Very cool by the way to learn about fire behavior and what happens when forests aren't allowed to burn naturally...Especially in high wind conditions when the weather has changed very quickly:

What the forest looked like BEFORE we set it on fire...

And as we were lighting it up...

As the weather begins to change....

This is when it sort of got a little out of control. However it was well within our burn area so all is well. Imagine if this had burned unsupervised?

Okay, Now the weekend of the wedding. First I'd like, no LOVE, to thank both Eric and Heather for coming out Thursday night for a few drinks! It was great seeing you both! For everyone else...I KNOW it was a work night and I'd love to try and catch up with everyone again maybe this winter if i make it back. It's so nice to be able to hang out with old friends. I don't hang out with anyone here!

The weekend was a whirlwind of activity. The rehearsal was at 2pm Friday, Dinner, then discovering my strapless bra had 'disappeared' from my bag en route to I had to find one at Meijers at 11pm. It didn't fit. Better than nothing though. Saturday I moaned at 9am about paying $65 for a hairdo I really didn't like. The woman told me I wasn't getting what I wanted. I told her for $65 I should be able to get whatever I wanted. She then used my head as a bobby pin cushion. Now that's a Bizatch.

The wedding was perfect. I really don't know how else to explain it. I somehow managed to look very cranky in every impromptu picture taken of me, but really I wasn't. I was very happy. I have some pics from my Aunt. I'll get mine eventually.

The bride and groom. I adore her. She is awesome. I don't know why she married my brother. He is VERY lucky. But seriously they are a great couple.

The brother and sister of the Bride and Groom. maybe I was being stabbed by a hair pin? But the dress is pretty!
Me and my Aunt Barb. She taught me EVERYTHING about horses. I love her. See, I was too happy!
Ok, that should be reasonable for now. Remember, it's summer. I am not around my own computer very often!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Will be in the Detroit area Thursday - Sunday for the brother's "Wedding of the Century". Join me for fun...preferably Thursday night. I e-mailed.

Been busy but hope to catch up in person with many of you maybe? Will also post pics of some prescribed burns we've been working on here soon.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Selfish Bizatch

That's me I suppose. I can't really justify how I'm feeling right now about turning 30. First off, I really don't think I'm old or anything seeing as I'm in better shape than most of my students, but it is a milestone and I just thought I'd have more things accomplished. Such as? Well, being married and having children were at the top of the list by the time I was 30, so was actually owning assets. I don't own anything really. I beat up old horse trailer doesn't much count...though I suppose I could live in it in a pinch...

Right now what is bothering me more than anything is that I'm due a birthday bash. I planned on turning 30 with a bang if I couldn't have everything else and have some fun for a change. That isn't going to happen once again. I actually had fun planned, and it's being waylayed as usual. It's the only weekend I'm home so there is no rescheduling this one. My birthdays spell D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R for some reason. Let me give you a run down:

21 - the last enjoyable birthday. Worked all day but got to shoot some pool and legally drink in the bar a bit since I had to work the next day.

22 - Working a horse show for my Nazi boss. DJ showed up to say hi...with another girl.

23 - Ice cream and pizza in front of a movie on my couch.

24 - Work up and told DJ he needed to be gone by the end of the week, something we had been discussing for quite some time. I was tired of him freeloading off me and supporting his sorry @ss. I left and when I returned he was gone. Never saw nor heard from him again. Sorry state after spending almost 5 years with somebody.

25 - Corey left for work in the morning, was drunk by noon and never came home. I called on a place to rent and moved in the next day before he came back from his "business trip".

26 - Had a Margarita with a friend from work. Went home alone.

27 - Worked all day. Went to bed early.

28 - Last day of my trip to Greece. Was separated from my students and group at the ship yard terminal and fought down anxiety for almost an hour until they appeared. Wanted to have a nice dinner and walk the Old District, but nobody would go with me so I went to bed early since we had to fly out at 5 am.

29 - Begged Shane to hold to his word that I was working a bull-riding with him. Went and worked hard, enjoyed the crowd and was treated to a nice dinner the following day. Unfortunately everything was a bit overshadowed by the fact that the Texas Troll had been discovered a week previous cheating with my boyfriend and I was demoted to "friend" after 6 months...and went into a pathetic, self-wallowing pity instead of telling him exactly where to stick it. I did however do this a few months later after re-gaining my self-confidence, and we are working on re-building trust still. Having worked through such a situation has been trying, but I feel it has been worth the effort on both our parts. It just sucked it had to be my birthday.

30 - Monday, June 9th 2008. The funeral of Shane's grandfather. I have to spend the day with his feuding family.

I would like to start the "Send Danielle to RIO Make Up For All Her Lousy Birthdays". I just need the plane fare and maybe some cash for cocktails. I will sleep on the beach.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Bring it HOME!

Stanley Cup Championship; Game 6
Penguins 2
RED WINGS 3!!!!!
I'm jumping up and down in front of the TV by myself!!!

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Sorry, Seriously NOT usual

This is summer. I'm up at 5am, in the office by 7am, not home until 6:30 pm (earliest), and not in the house until 9 pm. I've been having problems finding time to turn a computer on.

How 'bout those Wings eh? Why didn't they win last night? I'd kill for a plane ticket and ANY seats to the next game.

Fire Season is starting for me. So if I REALLY disappear I'm on a fire somewhere.

Horses good, ducks good, geese good, cows good, chickens good, dogs good, cats good, I think I'm alright...

Lost Shaner's grandpa this afternoon. It's been very long and drawn out and I'm happy he's in a better place. Shane's taking it pretty good thoughts this way. I'm just glad it happened while he was home and he was able to spend the last 48 hours with him and was with him when he passed. This would have been tough for him if he'd been on the road. I feel so bad for him and his grandma. I don't anyone can ever be truly prepared.

Will catch up with everyone eventually.